Fostering communities for gender sensitisation
Residents of Dakshinpuri join hands to raise awareness about gender-based issues – sexual harassment, gender roles and domestic violence. This is done through a series of interactive programmes like street plays, wall painting and open dialogues.art and culture Updated: Aug 29, 2016 07:41 IST
When different people come together to deliver a social message, a sense of community is fostered, dialogues are initiated and action-based steps are taken.
Gender Mela, an event organised in the Capital by Safecity, is doing just this. It will engage the community of Dakshinpuri in dialogues on issues that directly impact their lives, including gender-based violence and individual rights.
Salini Sharma, co-ordinator of the event says, “There will be stalls and exhibitions where volunteers from the community will showcase audio-visual presentations. Street play performances will be held, as well as open dialogue with discussions and talks.”
The event is going to be interactive, with a variety of programmes. She adds, “We run these community-based programmes to raise awareness about issues like gender roles, domestic violence, menstrual health and sexual harassment. This is the eleventh neighbourhood that we have included.”
The month-long event will culminate on August 31 and people from other parts of the city can also take part in this youth-led event. “Volunteers from all over the city have joined us, as these issues are universal and affect every one of us,” says Sharma.
Catch It Live
What: Gender Mela
Where: Sanjay Camp, Near Virat Cinema, Dakshinpuri
When: August 31
Nearest Metro Station: Malviya Nagar on Yellow Line